Winners of Spain’s 5GW renewables auction announced

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Winners of Spain’s 5GW renewables auction announced

several small-scale solar projects are in amongst the large-scale winners. Credit: Anpier

several small-scale solar projects are in amongst the large-scale winners. Credit: Anpier

Spain’s energy ministry has released the full list of winners from its latest renewables auction, with several small-scale projects in amongst the large-scale winners.

A total of 3,909MW of solar PV capacity and 1,128MW of wind capacity was awarded to 40 companies, in yesterday’s auction.

The list of solar winners was as follows:

Solar Developer capacity awarded (MW)
Alten El Casar 13
Alter Enersun 50
Biertec 2000 0.1
Climaster Solar FV 3.9
Cobra Concesiones 1,550
Dalar Solar 1.6
Desarrollos Fotovoltaicos Merdionales 316
Enel Green Power Espana 338.7
Engie 50
Fres Wind Moon Systems 23.75
Gas Natural Fenosa Renovables 250
Gestamp Eolica 24
Grupo Tec Servicios Avanzados 91.7
Isabel Sevillano Martin 0.5
Janez Y Carrera 1
Jorge Energy 9.4
Lipmes 1.5
Lotapera 182.5
Meteo For Energy 0.3
Monegros Solar 50
Operating Business 2 20
Otras Producciones De Energia Fotovoltaica 200
Planta FV3 250
Raiola Future 1.5
Rios Renovables 21
Sinlimitsol 2
Solar Fotovoltaica Navarra 1.15
Solarpack 0.1
Solmayor Energias Renovables 0.42
X-Elio Energy 455

PV Tech has already reported a positive reaction from the industry, given that wind took away almost the entire capacity in the previous May auction.

In terms of wind energy, Alfanar (720MW), Greenalia Power (133MW), Ibervento Infraestructuras (171.6MW) dominated yesterday’s auction.

The Enel Group will be investing round €270 million in the construction of its 338.7MW of awarded solar capacity located in the regions of Murcia and Bajadoz. The plants are due to start operations by 2019, selling energy in the Spanish pool market aided by incentives from the Spanish Government, said Enel in a release.

“This new milestone confirms our commitment to green energy in Spain, a country which continues to offer growth opportunities for our renewable projects,” said Antonio Cammisecra, Enel’s head of global renewable energies. “Together with the wind capacity awarded in May, this 339 MW of solar capacity will bolster our renewable footprint in Spain, while also contributing to the country’s push to achieve its green energy goal.”

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ABB bags 102 MW inverter order from Jordan

ABB bags 102 MW inverter order from Jordan

The company’s devices will be used for the Mafraq I and Mafraq II projects, which are being developed by Fotowatio.

July 27, 2017

ABB, the Switzerland-headquartered power electronics company, announced it was selected to provide inverters for two PV projects totaling 102 MW (AC) that Spanish solar project developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), a unit of UAE-based Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, is constructing in Jordan.

ABB said it will supply 62 central inverters of the 2 MVA outdoor type, 30 inverters of 4 MVA type and two medium-voltage step-up stations for the two projects. Financial details of the supply deal were not revealed.

Fotowatio started construction on the two facilities in late May. The two facilities will supply local utility NEPCO with power at $0.069 and $0.076 per kWh, respectively, and will amount to 2% of the country’s overall generation capacity. Fotowatio closed the financing agreements for both projects in late March. The projects’ required investment is estimated at $180 million.

“For FRV these two projects reflect the company’s strong commitment to promoting the generation of clean and affordable energy in Jordan, and enabling the country’s sustainable development. ABB was selected as inverter supplier for these projects because of the high product performance and good local presence, which can support the solutions delivered over the lifetime of the project,” said Fotowatio’s managing director in the Middle East, Carlo Frigerio.

Emiliano Bellini

Emiliano joined pv magazine in March 2017. He has been reporting on solar and renewable energy since 2009.

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New world efficiency record with perovskite solar cells


Current density-voltage (J-V) curves and photovoltaic parameters of the best-performing small and large PSCs and device reproducibility.

A recent study, affiliated with UNIST finds key to produce a new cost-efficient way to produce inorganic-organic hybrid perovskite solar cells (PSCs) which sets a new world-record efficiency performance of 22.1 % in small cells and 19.7 percent in 1-square-centimeter cells.

This breakthrough comes from a research, conducted by Distinguished Professor Sang-Il Seok of Energy and Chemical Engineering at UNIST in collaboration with Professor Jun Hong Noh of Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology and Professor Eun Kyu Kim of Hanyang University who both partook as co-authors of the study.

A key feature of this technology is its ability to fix the dominating defect in perovskite-halides, which is known to decrease the photoelectric efficiency. Their results demonstrate that careful control of the growth conditions of perovskite layers with management of deficient halide anions is essential for realizing high-efficiency thin-film PSCs based on lead-halide-perovskite absorbers.

"This study can improve the current record efficiency of perovskite solar cells from 20.1% to 22.1%," says Professor Seok. "This will accelerate the commercialization of the low-cost, high-performance perovskite solar cells."

A perovskite is an unique crystal structure, consisting of formamidinium with multiple cations and mixed halide anions. A perovskite solar cell (PSC) is a type of solar cell, which includes the perovskite structured compound, most commonly a hybrid organic-inorganic lead or tin halide-based material, as the light-harvesting active layer.

An organic-inorganic hybrid PSC is a type of solar cell, which includes the perovskite structured compound, as the light-harvesting active layer. Such devices have inspired much research interest owing to their applications in high-efficiency solar cells and light emission. Indeed, these solar cells not only show relatively high photovoltaic energy conversion efficiencies (above 22%), but can be also easily fabricated using cheap inorganic-organic perovskite compounds.

The formation of a dense and uniform thin layer on the substrates is crucial for the fabrication of high-performance PSCs. The concentration of defect states, which reduce a cell’s performance by decreasing the open-circuit voltage and short-circuit current density, needs to be as low as possible.

The research team reports that careful control of the growth conditions of perovskite layers with management of deficient halide anions is essential for realizing high-efficiency thin-film PSCs based on lead-halide-perovskite absorbers.

In their study, the research team demonstrated the introduction of additional iodide ions into the organic cation solution, which are used to form the perovskite layers through an intramolecular exchanging process, decreases the concentration of deep-level defects. The result showed that the defect-engineered thin perovskite layers enable the fabrication of PSCs with a certified power conversion efficiency of 22.1% in small cells and 19.7% in 1-square-centimeter cells.

The energy conversion efficiency of those PSCs with reduced defects is 22.1% and has been officially certified by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

"The key to manufacturing high-performance solar cells to reduce defects in materials that generate energy loss when converting sunlight to electricity," says Professor Seok. "Our study presents a new method that suppresses the formation of deep-level defects, thereby setting a new record efficiency for PSCs."

CCL Components offers up to £1.5 million a project to help installers grow

Image: CCL.

CCL Components has launched a commercial project finance offering to help installers overcome limits on available capital in new projects, enabling them to grow in size and capability.

The range of asset finance options can range from around £5,000 up to £1.5 million, which in itself is negotiable depending on the strength of the client’s balance sheet. The offer is being supported by a small number of unnamed funders with CCL acting between them and the clients.

Paul Brooks Jnr, director at CCL Energy Group, explained: “We’ve got varied funders that are open to us because of the length of time that we’ve been in business so we’re taking their finance and dealing with the process; the installer won’t ever have to deal with the funder.

“We’ll help the installer handle their project, they can buy all the kit from us, they can finance for their customer and it just makes their lives a bit easier; they don’t need to go to brokers or the finance company themselves.”

The finance provider will carry out the due diligence on the company seeking the cash, while interest rates will vary depending on the strength of the company and the length of the deal. These can range from two to seven years and are paid back in monthly installments to reduce the total value of the project.

Shorter payback periods will be granted more attractive interest rates to ensure fast turnaround of projects, although Brooks added that there was no limit on the amount of projects that can be funded at the same time.

This agreement allows the lease owner to hold it as an asset on their balance sheet, which CCL says works well for businesses that don’t want a capital outlay or large deposit. This is being offered to help businesses grow their capabilities following a difficult time for installers, as Brooks explained.

“We’ve always been planning to work towards this. We know that there’s a lot of small to medium installers out there that maybe don’t have the business background to know where to get finance or they’ve pigeon-holed themselves as a residential installer, as that’s all they can afford to fund. As part of [this offer] we can help by supplying them but also help them to grow,” he said.

The project finance is only available to UK-based limited companies, subject to credit checks, with installers are able to apply for project finance on behalf of their end client. 

Germany dominates as Europe adds 6.1GW of wind in first half

Germany dominates as Europe adds 6.1GW of wind in first half


492MW. Turkey


Canada’s Nova Scotia gets residential solar PV investment fund

With the primary purpose of financing residential PV in Canada’s province of Nova Scotia, the Solar Community Economic Development Investment Fund (CEDIF), dubbed Solar Scotia Energy, has recently met its minimum funding needed to start and to date has raised nearly one million dollars.

Working towards the mass adoption of solar PV in Nova Scotia, Kentville-based company Nova Solar Capital has launched Solar Scotia Energy, a Solar Community Economic Development Investment Fund (CEDIF) to help financing the installation of solar panels on more than 100 homes, offering a specific funding model that ensures growing retirement savings and reaping the benefits of tax incentives.

As the largest residential solar project ever undertaken in Atlantic Canada, the CEDIF is offering homeowners an opportunity to finance the installation through their retirement funds and receive tax benefits from doing so, while meanwhile growing their savings as the profits flow back into their pension funds, while decimating their power bills.

The lease rate is an attractive 3.5% fixed over a 10-year term. At the end of the lease, homeowners can buy the system for a $50 fee to transfer ownership and continue to generate free electricity for the remaining life of the system and an additional 15 to 20 years.

The financing program is available for three standard solar panel packages: $16,500 for a 16-panel 4.48 kW system, $30,000 for a 32-panel 8.96 kW system, and $44,000 for a 13.44 kW system.

Moreover, the fund seeks to foster the local solar equipment manufacturing industry, as the systems included in the CEDIF program will be sourced from a Nova Scotia company rather than through distributors in Ontario or elsewhere.

The closing data for investment in the Solar Scotia Energy CEDIF is 14th of September.

With a renewable energy target of 40% by 2020 in sight, Nova Scotia is aiming to reduce its reliance on coal, as the provincial electricity prices at $0,16/kWh remain above the national average of $0.122/kWh.

Although the province has no solar PV incentive program, Nova Scotia has an enhanced net metering scheme, which comprises wind turbines, solar panels and even small hydro and biomass generators, whose maximum size does not exceed 1 MW.

Shell committed to climate change action but ‘won’t make solar panels’ – News for the Oil and Gas Sector

Oil supermajor Shell has restated its commitment to tackling global climate change but has ruled out a move into renewable technology manufacturing.

Chief executive Ben van Beurden said the company welcomed worldwide efforts to move to a lower carbon economy.

However he said Shell would not be making solar panels and wind turbines as the oil giant would likely move into a different role for renewable energy when crude demand begins to slide.

Van Beurden said: “One thing is very clear, we don’t want to be exposed to the very front end of that [renewables] value chain. I don’t see us going into solar panel manufacturing or turbine manufacturing.

“That is just one step too far removed from our core competencies. We tried this before and we don’t think it’s a very good business to be in. I don’t think anybody is enjoying this type of business.

“But looking at it, can we be a developer, can we be a system integrator, can we be an aggregator and trader. Can we work much closer with the customer when it comes to renewable power – yes, absolutely.”

Van Beurden, who was speaking after the firm’s Q2 presentation, also addressed recent announcements by the UK and France to ban new petrol and diesel vehicles in the future.

But he said that he doubted the ban would have a significant near term impact on the automotive fuel business, one of Shell’s key markets.

He suggested the rest of the world’s reliance on gas guzzlers would likely make oil demand see a gradual decline rather than going off a cliff edge.

He said: “We’ve seen the announcements of course and again, to be perfectly honest I think they are very welcome.

“They are also very needed announcements if we want to maintain a pathway to two degree Celsius. We have, as a society agreed in Paris we need to do things like this.

“In the more advanced economies further electrification of the economy for mobility is going to be absolutely necessary.

“Even if the UK, France, the whole of Europe or the Western World in general would all go to 100% electric vehicles that would be great but it wouldn’t be enough.

“We still have less advanced economies that cannot make that switch. They do not have the electrical infrastructure in place to do so, they do not have the wealth to do so.

He added: “We have to adapt to it. We have to keep in mind that new fuels and new mobility options are new opportunities.

“But we also have to been involved in the electrical chain for the renewable business.

“You also have to bear in mind that in terms of oil even if its peaks its not game over. It will be a gradual decline.

“When that will happen we don’t know but we are certain it will.”